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The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago seeks applicants for the position of Research Scientist. This position will be for a period of one year beginning as soon as possible and may be extended on a year-to-year basis depending on availability of funding for an initial maximum period of three years. There is also the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year period if funding is available. The Research Scientist will work with and aid development of a basin-scale sediment accumulation and methane hydrate formation code.
Sections of the code are currently over-simplified and need to be improved for realism, such as the migration of methane gas bubbles through the sediment column, the deposition of sediment as a function of grain size, the impact of grain size on pore space permeability, the inclusion of faults as high-permeability channels for gas and fluid migration, etc. The code will be configured in a variety of idealized 'archetype' simulations, including a passive margin such as off the East coast of the U.S., a subducting margin with accreting sediment wedge such as off the West coast of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico with extremely active gas migration, and the Arctic with submarine permafrost deposits. Skills with computation and code creation and debugging are necessary, and the employee will also aid in reading and synthesizing the scientific literature on methane hydrate occurrences and characteristics, for comparison and ground-truthing of the model output. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. and have a minimum of seven years of experience in scientific computation. Candidates must apply online at the University of Chicago job site:
http://jobs.uchicago.edu. Please submit a) curriculum vitae, b) research statement, c) names and contact information for two references.
Consideration of applications will begin immediately. The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Graduate student Josh Miller was awarded this year's Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontologyfor his paper "Testing the Ecological Fidelity of Yellowstone National Park’s Large-Mammal Death Assemblage: Paleoecological Implications and Conservation Applications." This award is given to one student each year for work presented at the annual SVP meeting and recognizes the quality of both the work and the presentation. Josh is the seventh U. of Chicago student to receive this prize, following Rebecca Terry, Gina Wesley, Karen Sears, Chris Sidor, John Alroy, and Ray Rogers.
October 26, 2008
The annual Clemson-Washington University-University of Chicago-Carnegie Institution of Washington presolar grain workshop will be held, all day Saturday November 22nd and half of Sunday November 23rd at The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in the Henry Hinds Laboratory for Geophysical Sciences (5734 South Ellis Avenue).
August 18, 2008
George W. Platzman (Photo: University of Chicago)